Anonymous said: Not a question, just a comment . I've found 'Plan B' by accident and got obssesed with it. It's a favorite of mine. Just recently got to watch Hawaii and I love it as well. In general I don't like to rematch anything. These two movies from Marco Berger (and an Israeli movie called Eyes Wide Open ) make my list. Thanks for your blog, it has so much information that feeds my obsession.

Oh, I completely agree! There really aren’t many movies which you can and NEED to watch over and over. Plan B was a film I had to rewatch almost immediately after I saw it the first time. And then I couldn’t stop!

I found these films by a happy accident too - maybe that makes for an even better experience, seeing as you don’t have any expectations and you just get happily surprised by everything. (For the record: I like Eyes Wide Open too - but not as much as Hawaii and Plan B.)

I’m glad you enjoy the blog! :)

An interview with Marco Berger, Manuel Vignau and Lucas Ferraro about Plan B - from 2009.

I’d so love to know what they’re saying here (but I don’t know Spanish). For example, are there any interesting anecdotes we haven’t heard from other interviews? Stories from the set? I’d love to hear them all.

Anonymous said: More than asking I've gotta thank you for all you're doing on this page, the information about Marco Berger's films and all about Manuel Vignau's work. I'm argentinean and I've got not much access to these things!!!! It's funny but there is not much information around. Independent films are, as usual, not that popular ... So thank you for everything!!!! By the way I do love Hawaii!!!!!!

Thank YOU for visiting and reading my blog! I’m very glad I can be of service. :)

Although, it’s pretty sad that it should be difficult to access MB’s films etc anywhere, but particularly in Argentina. How on earth did we manage anything before there the internet? *g*

A video featuring Manuel Vignau - a little trailer for something called “Me tome un tiempo”, I’m not sure what it’s supposed to be.

Just because I’m the resident poster of obscure things with this fine actor and despite the fact that it doesn’t look too good… *g*

Rectify - season 2

I loved season one and I’m happy to say I loved season two as well. Very much. And I’m joyous to hear a third season is in the works. Then again, I would have been surprised had they not renewed it, since it’s been obvious from the start that there’s a well thought-out plan to this tale.

In season one Daniel was just out of prison and didn’t seem to be able to get out of his bubble. The one he’d lived in for so long, all alone, isolated and completely numb. Daniel was extremely closed-off, very muted, odd and child-like. He found it very hard to related to anyone (with one exception, Tawney). In season two, the bubble has burst, and the world has come crashing in. Bringing with it mostly confusion and hurt. Now, all Daniel sees is the pain he and everything around him causes everyone. He’s realised how everyone’s life has been affected and I believe he feels it’s better for all of them if he leaves. I hope season three will make him realise that that is not how love and family works. They will be affected either way, and the people who love him, want him close no matter what. And moreover, he needs them too.

This series is genuinely very, very good. Great actors, and a beautifully complex storyline. All characters are flawed but loveable (well, maybe not Trey…). It’s slow and melancholy, but never dull or too wordy. The main issue is how Daniel’s fate affects his family and the whole town - and that’s so interesting that I’ve genuinely come to feel that Daniel being guilty or not doesn’t really matter. I do believe he’s innocent, though, so he should, by all rights, be exonerated.

I wish more people could discover this fine piece of television. It deserves a bigger audience!

Weisensee

This is a German tv series I can recommend watching for all those interested in not just English-language productions. I’ve just finished watching the second series, and it’s a really excellent, very entertaining, very engaging production.

Weisensee is about two families, living in DDR (East Germany, that is) during the 80’s. It’s about love, power, betrayal, like any soap. But what makes it good is firstly the complexity of the characters; nobody is just one thing, they’re all torn betweeen loyalities and desires and fear. Secondly, it’s always interesting to have a story take place during this time and this place, since it was a time when Stasi (the East German secret police) control and surveillance of their people was absurdly extensive. Everyone could be the target of having their phones tapped, their families threatened, getting fired for saying the wrong thing and always living in fear of being betrayed by someone, maybe someone you love and trust. The paranoia ran rampant, as you can understand. Particularly since this was a crumbling society, with not many more years to exist.

Apparently, a third series will be made as well, taking place after the wall came down. So, highly recommended!

My summer at home in Sweden 2014: sea and beach in the south (and heatwave!) and hiking in the mountains further north (in very pleasant temperatures). A lovely summer, indeed! :)

The Leftovers (2014)

I find myself quite mesmerized by this series - it’s very mysterious and very gloomy, but also very, very intriguing. I love the sense of grief and bewilderment which looms over each scene, suggesting that it’s about being left behind and not whatever happened to the departed. I do believe we probably won’t find out what actually happened before, but only what happens next. It’s part of what I like, actually. I’m kind of allergic to too overtly religious suggestions, so there’s a fine balance here (and considering the scarily religious ending to Lost, I have good reason to be a little apprehensive). 

It’s quite earnest, yes, but not without its humour; I find Kevin Garvey’s (Justin Theroux) troubles quite entertaining, actually. There’s just no end to his problems! Small and big (lost shirts, alarms, dogs, stoneings…). And he just fumbles about so beautifully.

So, potentially frustrating to watch (what is the Guilty Remains about, you must wonder), but still mesmerizing and very moving.

Thanks to the very kind Juan, there’s now a translation of what Marco Berger is saying in the interview in the above video. Thank you Juan! I can’t wait to see Mariposa. :)

He mentions that he wrote the script, started after Plan B. It got dragged until after Ausente and Hawaii. Mariposa is a mix between comedy and love. The movie plays with different possibilities of the same story, on occassion returning to the same places several times. It’s also complex in the filming, they filmed in a lot of places in Buenos Aires, in a town in the mountain s called Tandil, with buildings, very urban…

The crew is basically the same, Tomas Perez Silva, Director of Photography (also worked on the first short), the same music artist (Pedro Irusta), Maria Fernandez Aramburu (Assistant Director), there are a lot of new people, but to be honest, he’s happy.

He talks about the stigma that the first few movies he has made have a gay theme, but this is a love story with a girl and a guy. He still follows a script more similar to Plan B, because it’s very complex, like a circle, where that structure is absent in Ausente or Hawaii where there is more of the contemplation. This movie tries to come full circle (?) and end with a union, just like Plan B.

He had other actors in mind, but lamentably the movie was delayed in 2010, the actors are very young, and they’re still growing. Ailin Salas, who saw Ausente and liked it, agreed on the role. Julian Infantino, Malena Villa, just found them in a casting. Javier de Pietro, who was als o in Ausente. It was a bit difficult with the older casting because there is going to be a time jump decades later and they needed actors that would resemble the younger ones, with their characteristics and personalities, so they don’t get confused.

He likes directing the actors the most, studied a lot in theater. In movies, the most important thing would be the actor, because it’s the public that comes and watches someone.

Mariposa references various films, one of them Los Amantes del Circulo Polar, there are two or three subtle references in Mariposa that not everyone might notice; La Double Vie de Véronique, since it also plays with this idea of a multiverse, different worlds; The Cement Garden…

At last something more about Marco Berger’s new film Mariposa! This is a program about different Argentinian directors, but from 7.30 and 5 mins onward, there’s an interview with Marco as well as footage from the filming of Mariposa.

As usual, if someone would be helpful enough to tell me what he’s saying, I’d be very, very grateful. 

He mentions La Double Vie De Veronique as a reference, which makes me most pleased since that is one of my favourite films. :D